Hello, I'm Helen... 

 
 

Hello, my name is Helen and I am a counsellor in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to its Ethical Framework. I have also undergone enhanced checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

I work as a relational integrative counsellor and am trained in a number of therapeutic models such as person-centred approach, psychodynamic, transactional analysis, CBT and I draw from these counselling theories, as appropriate, and integrate them to meet the needs of each of my clients. 

My counselling experience is diverse and includes working with people who have problems with anxiety, depression, work stress and low self esteem. I have helped people overcome issues such as self harm, addictions, disordered eating and the emotional trauma caused by neglect or abuse. 

I work in a flexible way and tailor the counselling to ensure that you get the most benefit from your therapeutic experience.  I have a strong commitment to working with you to make sure that I fully understand your expectations of counselling and what it is you would like us to focus on. I will bring my authentic and unique approach to you and your life.

As a counsellor, I am not exempt from life struggles. In my teens, after a close bereavement, I was plagued with anxiety, which I overcame. Later, it was my own pain following a serious car accident that led to me leaving my teaching career and moving into life as a counsellor. 

I wholeheartedly believe that kindness, compassion and understanding are the cornerstones of life and that everyone has the potential to heal and find their own happiness.  I will provide a safe and confidential space, to listen and really hear your story and experiences, without any judgement. I will support you to explore, on a deeper level, what is happening in your life and what you feel you would like to change. 

I am a warm, friendly, congruent person and a good listener; with strong empathic understanding and vast experience from my own personal life.  Above all, I will put passion, investment and my heart into our therapeutic work together. I love supporting people and seeing the positive and fulfilling changes that counselling psychotherapy can bring about.

You are the expert in you, so I will work carefully alongside you in the process of exploring, unpicking and understanding the root causes of your difficulties and unhappiness.  It is my promise that I will be an authentic support to you as you accept, overcome and heal from your distress and I will encourage you to be yourself with me.

You've now taken the first step...please get in touch.

Areas of expertise and interest
Over the years, I have developed expertise in counselling individuals who are troubled by anxiety and depression, stress, low self-esteem or have experienced a life crises such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or a traumatic event. 

As a school counsellor and teacher & SENDCo prior to this, I have a specialism in working with children and young people, including those who are neurodiverse, and with parents. 

 As a former teacher, I feel I have particular insight into this career and its demands.   
   

Adult counselling

Children and young people's counselling

Teacher counselling

Qualifications & Experience

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills

BA (Hons) with Qualified Teacher Status

 

Alongside my private practice,  I have worked with the following counselling services:

Aireborough Family Services - Counselling adults within the Aireborough (Leeds) locality.

Just'B' Schools' Service - Counselling children and young people.

Contact me for a free initial consultation

helen@heartofharrogatecounselling.co.uk

07960 081 168

 Ashgarth Court, Harrogate, HG2 9LE.

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